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Overview of the VMware Workstation Window

Overview of the VMware Workstation Window

Think of your VMware Workstation virtual machine as a separate computer that runs in a window on your physical computer's desktop. The Workstation window lets you run multiple virtual machines and switch easily from one to another.

VMware Workstation main window on a Windows host
Right-click the icon for a removable device on the status bar to disconnect it or edit its configuration.

One Window or Many - Your Choice

One Window or Many - Your Choice

In VMware Workstation 4, you can open multiple virtual machines in the same Workstation window. Or you can launch multiple instances of VMware Workstation. You can even run multiple instances of VMware Workstation and have more than one virtual machine in each window. Just be sure you have enough memory and processor power to handle the number of virtual machines you want to run.

VMware Workstation main window on a Linux host

Instead of using physical buttons to turn this computer on and off, you use buttons on the toolbar at the top of the VMware Workstation window.

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered off (as seen on a Windows host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered off (as seen on a Linux host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered on (as seen on a Windows host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered on (as seen on a Linux host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is suspended (as seen on a Windows host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is suspended (as seen on a Linux host)

There are separate Power Off and Power On buttons. When you suspend a virtual machine, the Power On button becomes a Resume button.

Tabs make it easy to switch among active virtual machines (as seen on a Windows host)

When a virtual machine is active, its virtual machine name is displayed in a tab at the top of the virtual machine window. To switch from one active virtual machine to another, click the tab of the virtual machine you want to see. It's like a soft KVM switch. You can use this feature in the windowed view and also in the quick switch view.

If you want to view more than one virtual machine at the same time, you can open multiple Workstation windows and launch one or more virtual machines in each.

Add virtual machines you use often to the Favorites list (as seen on a Windows host). Right-click in the Favorites pane to create a folder. Drag and drop virtual machine names into folders to organize them.

The Favorites list gives you a convenient way to open frequently used virtual machines. To add a virtual machine to the Favorites list, open the virtual machine (File > Open), then choose File > Add <virtual machine name> to Favorites. To remove an item from the list, click it to highlight it, then choose File > Remove <virtual machine name> from Favorites.

Indicators on the icons for virtual machines in the Favorites list show whether a virtual machine is powered off, powered on or suspended.

To toggle the display of the Favorites list on or off, click the Favorites button on the toolbar.

Use the Virtual Machine Control Panel to add, remove and modify virtual machine components

The Virtual Machine Control Panel on Linux hosts now matches the Virtual Machine Control Panel on Windows hosts. To change settings for a device, click its name in the list on the left, then make changes in the right-hand panel. Click Add and follow the directions in the Add Hardware Wizard to add a new device. To remove a device, click its name in the list on the left, then click Remove.

When you have finished making changes, click OK to save the changes and close the Virtual Machine Control Panel.

A n alert appears in the status bar - at the bottom left corner of the VMware Workstation window - when your virtual machine is not running the version of VMware Tools that matches your version of VMware Workstation. To launch the VMware Tools installer, choose File > Install VMware Tools.

Note: Your guest operating system must be completely installed and running when you install VMware Tools.

For details, see Installing VMware Tools.

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